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Atlas Copco: Valentin Appointed To New Role As Generator Sales Manager – Western US

Eddie Valentin has been appointed Generator Sales Manager for Atlas Copco Construction Equipment, covering the western United States.

Valentin is based out of his Los Angeles home office and is responsible for Atlas Copco QAS portable power generation sales in all states west of the Mississippi River.

Valentin brings a number of years of construction industry experience working for companies that sell and rent compaction, pumps, generators, job-site lighting, and heavy equipment.

West Bay Builders Announces New Board of Directors

West Bay Builders, a general contractor specializing in building and retrofitting projects for the public and private sectors, has established a new board of directors.  Richard (Dick) Farnsworth, a surety business veteran and former senior vice president of surety operations at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, and Gary LaBonte, formerly Bay Area Rapid Transit’s (BART) executive manager for development, join West Bay Builders’ management team of Paul Thompson, president, Joseph Haas, vice president, and Vicki Fowler, controller.  Farnsworth and LaBonte’s additions that round out the five-member board dovetail with West Bay Builders’ strategic business direction of expanding its government construction and heavy civil work.

“We have steadily grown and expanded our capabilities in public works and heavy civil.  In addition to several BART contracts, the Red Bluff Diversion Dam, City of Millbrae Waste Water Treatment Expansion and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s San Joaquin Pipeline Crossovers projects, we are prequalified to bid on the first phase of the SMART train,” said Thompson.  “Gary will help guide our pursuit of more transportation – rail, road, bridges and the like – and other heavy civil projects.  Dick will provide unprecedented expertise in surety bonding, which is the linchpin to securing and carrying out government contracts.”

Farnsworth brings more than 40 years of surety bonding experience, including managing all aspects of nationwide surety underwriting and marketing for Fireman’s Fund.  He is a sought-out consultant on underwriting customs and practices in the surety industry, served on the Board of Directors for the Surety Association of America, and was chairman of the National Association of Independent Sureties.  He also sits on the boards of Bay Area infrastructure builder CC Myers, Inc. and leading California marine contractor The Dutra Group.

LaBonte, a civil engineer for 30 years, headed BART’s development efforts, managing its multi-million dollar construction programs consisting of new and renovated stations and rail lines.  Previously, he was director of engineering for American President Lines, LTD, a $2 billion integrated transportation and distribution company.

Titan Machinery Appointed Leica Geosystems Machine Control Dealer for Montana and Wyoming

Titan now sells and supports Leica Geosystems machine control products in 7 states

Titan Machinery, a construction and agricultural equipment dealer, has been appointed as a Leica Geosystems dealer for machine control products in Montana and Wyoming.

The addition of Montana and Wyoming makes 7 states in which Titan sells Leica Geosystems construction products, the others being North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota. Leica Geosystems is the only brand of machine control products Titan sells, services, and rents for construction sites.

“Machine control is the direction the industry is moving towards because of the efficiency and cost savings,” says Mike Hall, Senior Marketing Manager, Titan Machinery. “Anything that provides good value back to our customers is something we want to be in.”

Titan’s best-selling Leica Geosystems product is PowerDigger 2D. Titan has a particularly effective sales approach: the company goes to the job site, installs a PowerDigger 2D on the customer’s excavator at no charge, and lets them use it for a couple of days. “Once the customer sees what it can do for them – saving time and not over-digging the hole — very seldom do we take it off once installed,” says Hall.

“Our goal is to be machinery experts for the construction industry and provide a complete equipment solution across seven states,” says Hall. “Leica Geosystems has been a very good partner, providing value to our customers. It’s easy to go to the job site and show how to make money or do the job quicker or more efficiently with Leica Geosystems machine control technology.”

“We are pleased and proud of our relationship with Titan Machinery,” says Mike Reed, Business Manager, Machine Control, Leica Geosystems. “With machine control technology from Leica Geosystems, they can offer a more accurate and precise solution to their construction customers.”

“Leica Geosystems’ slogan is ‘when it has to be right.’ Its products are a great value and fit for our customer’s machinery,” says Hall.

U.S. Department of Transportation Redirects $1.195 Billion in High-Speed Rail Funds

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that $1.195 billion in high-speed rail funds originally designated for Wisconsin and Ohio will be redirected to other states eager to develop high-speed rail corridors across the United States. Wisconsin has suspended work under its existing high-speed rail agreement and the incoming Governors in Wisconsin and Ohio have both indicated that they will not move forward to use high-speed rail money received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). As a result, $1.195 billion will be redirected to high-speed rail projects already underway in other states.

“High-speed rail will modernize America’s valuable transportation network, while reinvigorating the manufacturing sector and putting people back to work in good-paying jobs,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “I am pleased that so many other states are enthusiastic about the additional support they are receiving to help bring America’s high-speed rail network to life.”

The Recovery Act included $8 billion to launch a national high-speed rail program that will modernize America’s transportation network, spur economic development domestically and keep the U.S. competitive with other leading nations. High-speed rail grants announced under the Recovery Act can be used only for high-speed rail projects and not for other transportation projects.

Last year, the Obama Administration received a commitment from 30 domestic and foreign rail manufacturers to establish or expand their base of operations in the United States if selected for contracts building America’s high-speed rail network. These rail manufacturers and suppliers committed to not only locate in the U.S., but to ensure high-speed rail projects are built by American workers with American-made supplies. To deliver maximum economic benefits to American taxpayers, the Administration’s high-speed rail program also includes a 100 percent ‘Buy American’ requirement.

Under the Recovery Act, the Federal Railroad Administration originally announced $810 million for Wisconsin’s Milwaukee-Madison corridor and $400 million for Ohio’s Cincinnati-Columbus-Cleveland “3C” route. The Federal Railroad Administration will redirect $810 million from Wisconsin and $385 million from Ohio, and will work with these states to determine whether they have already spent money under their contracts that should be reimbursed.

The $1.195 billion originally designated for those high-speed rail projects in Wisconsin and Ohio will now be used to support projects in the following states:

California: up to $624 million
Florida: up to $342.3 million
Washington State: up to $161.5 million
Illinois: up to $42.3 million
New York: up to $7.3 million
Maine: up to $3.3 million
Massachusetts: up to $2.8 million
Missouri up to $2.2 million
Wisconsin: up to $2 million for the Hiawatha line
Oregon: up to $1.6 million
North Carolina: up to $1.5 million
Iowa: up to $309,080
Indiana: up to $364,980

Motor Power Equipment, Billings MT Completes Major Expansion, Enhances Customer Support

Motor Power Equipment recently completed a major $4 million expansion of its full-service dealership in Billings, MT.

Motor Power Equipment – Billings, a Kenworth dealer, more than doubled its facility size to 60,000 square feet on 10 acres.

The service department area is more than 36,000 square feet in size and has 34 bays, including Kenworth PremierCare ExpressLube, quick repair and trailer bays. The dealership also has a 5-ton overhead crane, mobile truck lifts, special OEM tooling to diagnose and repair critical components such as engines and transmissions, wireless fluid tracking system, and a dedicated body shop. The parts operation features a larger parts display area, nearly 5,000 square feet of additional parts warehouse space for excellent availability, and knowledgeable staff. Amenities include a large driver’s lounge with a 55-inch LED flat screen television and data ports for notebook PCs, and a large training room for customer and employee use.

“We made a very significant investment to create a modern, state-of-the-art truck dealership, which will provide expanded customer support in new and used trucks, parts and service, and the body shop,” said Brian Sunwall, vice president of Motor Power Equipment, which also operates Motor Power Kenworth – Great Falls.

“We also thought it was important – from both a business and good citizen perspective – to utilize energy-efficient technologies and construction methods,” said Sunwall, who noted that the facility was constructed with tilt-up concrete to reduce heating and cooling costs and polycarbonate clear overhead doors and skylights to add natural light and solar heat.  Motor Power Equipment – Billings also uses timers on radiant heaters in each service bay; high-output, energy-efficient light fixtures; motion-controlled light and plumbing fixtures; time clocks for light and heating and air conditioning systems; and an electrical outlet shut-off system.

“Customer response to our new facility has been very positive so far, and we had more than 650 customers attend our grand opening in June,” said Marilyn Sunwall, vice president of Motor Power Equipment, who coordinated the major construction project in conjunction with her son, Brian Sunwall. “Motor Power Equipment – Billings serves a wide variety of market segments, including food distribution, agricultural commodities, heavy equipment transportation, vocational and energy-related activities from Montana east of the continental divide and most of Wyoming.”

The dealership offers Kenworth PremierCare parts and service programs, and PACCAR Financial support through flexible retail loans, leases and insurance products for the transportation industry.

Motor Power Equipment – Billings is conveniently located at 4941 Midland Road near Exit 447 from Interstate 90.